15 dead, including 14 children, in Texas school shooting

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HOUSTON — 

Fifteen people were killed, including more than a dozen children, in a shooting at a Texas elementary school, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday.

Thirteen children were taken by ambulance or bus to Uvalde Memorial Hospital after an active shooter was reported at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio, officials with the hospital said.

In a Facebook entry posted at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific), Uvalde Memorial Hospital said that the shooter was in custody and that hospital staff was caring for “several students” in the emergency room.

At 1 p.m., the hospital said it had “received 13 children via ambulance or buses for treatment.”

“Two individuals that arrived at UMH were deceased. No details are available,” the hospital wrote.

Two children were transported to a hospital in San Antonio by 1 p.m., and another was awaiting transport, hospital officials said.

University Hospital in San Antonio said a 66-year-old woman was in critical condition.

Uvalde Memorial received 17 injured children in the emergency room Tuesday, via ambulance or school bus, two of them dead on arrival, hospital CEO Tom Nordwick said.

Two of the children had been transferred to another hospital by late afternoon, while a third was pending transfer.

“I hear a helicopter now,” Nordwick said.

He said the hospital also treated a man in his mid-40s who had suffered minor injuries in the shooting.

“He just said, ‘Treat the kids,’ ” Nordwick said, adding that 12 children were still being treated in the ER and he couldn’t say what their condition was.

The nature and severity of the people’s injuries wasn’t immediately known, but the shooter was in custody shortly after 1 p.m, the Uvalde Police Department said.

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had said an active shooter was reported at Robb Elementary School, which has an enrollment of just under 600 students. Earlier, the district had said that all schools in the district were locked down because of gunshots in the area.

A Uvalde Police Department dispatcher said the scene was still active and that no other information was immediately available. School and city officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

The district said that the city’s civic center was being used as a reunification center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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